ITV1’s flagship daytime show This Morning returns with hosts PHILLIP SCHOFIELD and HOLLY WILLOUGHBY after their summer break to bring a host of exciting new content, talent and exclusive guests for the new series that starts September 6th.

It might be ‘back to school’ for most but no longer the new girl in class, Holly reveals what it was like starting her new job in front of millions last autumn. Holly said, “I can’t quite believe that it has been a year; it’s gone so quickly. I remember the first week was terrifying and then it got easier as the months went on. It’s lovely to come in and be part of a live show like this where you talk about anything and everything – if I wasn’t here, I’d be at home watching it.”

Co-host Phillip added, “The summer break is a great way for us all to recharge our batteries and to plan for another great series of This Morning. This time last year we were all concentrating on Holly’s first show. She hit the ground running and couldn’t have had a better start and I can’t wait to get back to the studio to see her. I have always looked forward to the start of the new run, but this year I’m even more excited.” 

New strands and mini-features this series include – ‘KITCHEN STARS’ – where one lucky viewer with a passion for cooking will be transformed into a This Morning TV chef. More than 120 viewers who sent in a video of them cooking were whittled down to six finalists. These six hopefuls will become three on 9th September after they undergo a gruelling kitchen challenge under the watchful eyes of This Morning chefs GINO D’ACAMPO, PHIL VICKERY and ROSEMARY SHRAGER who will go on to mentor the final 3 until they compete in a live cooking task. The winner will get to present future cooking items on the show and will be decided by guest judges’ and This Morning viewer votes online.

Resident roving reporter and queen of This Morning’s Hollywood interviews, ALISON HAMMOND has enlisted the help of three viewers for ‘ALISON’S BLACK DRESS BOOT CAMP’ that starts September 10th. With all four women desperate to get into their favourite black dress in time for Christmas they will explain why diets and other slimming methods have not worked for them and receive tailor made regimes that will help them achieve their goals ahead of the festive season. Top Harley Street nutritionist Alessandro Ferretti and ex-rugby star Austin Healey will be on hand to offer advice and fitness plans as the women embark on their toughest challenge yet. Alison said, “Losing weight has always been a struggle for me so when This Morning approached me to do this I decided to give it one last go. Together with the help and motivation from three viewers and guidance of gorgeous Austin I am determined to tackle losing weight to be the belle of the Christmas ball.”

Also this series, style guru JASON GARDINER will be surprising viewers on their doorstep in ‘JASON IN YOUR CLOSET’. Arriving in his ‘glam van’ armed with the latest clothing fashions and his makeover team – make-up artist Nathalie Eleni and hair stylist Leo Bancroft – they will transform a fashion novice into a trendy glamour puss! While DONAL MACINTYRE will be fighting consumer injustice for all as he unearths bogus businesses and traders and educates all This Morning viewers about their consumer rights, and ‘SECRET SHOPPER’ will create stars of its very own when three This Morning viewers get to shop and test all new household products.

Summer guest host MYLEENE KLASS will return for ‘THIS MORNING’S BABY CLUB’. From labour, midwifery, and premature babies to taking home a new arrival and learning key parenting skills, Myleene and the people she meets will offer guidance to all couples going through this life changing experience.

EAMONN HOLMES and RUTH LANGSFORD will return to host each Friday and together with daily news reviews, recipes, regular soap updates, real life stories, advice, and first class showbiz guests throughout the week, This Morning continues to make life a little easier.

Karl Newton, Executive Producer of This Morning said, “Phillip and Holly’s partnership continues to excel on screen and with so much new content – as well as further surprises that we will be announcing soon – I’m excited about the new series starting. I’m confident the viewers will be impressed and continue to engage with the show.”

THIS MORNING is live each weekday at 10.30am – 12.30pm on ITV1. THIS MORNING: Saturday is on at 12.10pm and THIS MORNING: Sunday is on at midday on ITV1.




Monday 6th September- Presented by Phillip Schofield & Holly Willoughby

NEW SERIES! Holly & Phil return from the summer break and Trudie Styler reveals all about her latest role; all the gossip from the X Factor with Jeff Brazier; and Alesha Dixon performs live!


Tuesday 7th September – Presented by Phillip Schofield & Holly Willoughby

Taking a look at the latest High Street fashion trends with Jason Gardiner; an exclusive look Behind The Scenes at the glittering TV Choice Awards; and a delicious treat is rustled up at noon! Plus William Roach and son James Roach talk about their new on-screen relationship in Coronation St.


Wednesday 8th September – Presented by Phillip Schofield & Holly Willoughby

Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair is on the sofa to talk about his controversial new book; Rosemary Shrager rustles up a treat for the tastebuds; and there’s a performance from the cast of West End musical Les Miserables.


Thursday 9th September – Presented by Phillip Schofield & Holly Willoughby

On the sofa is the fabulous Paul O Grady talking about his new TV series, queen of gossip, Sharon Marshall serves up all the latest soap sensations; and we cook up a delicious recipe just in time for lunch! Also Freema Agyeman talks about new series of Law & Order, and pop hunks McFly perform their latest single Party Girl live in the studio.


Friday 10th September – Presented by Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford

Roving reporter and queen of Hollywood interviews Alison Hammond has enlisted the help of three viewers for ‘Alison’s Back Dress Boot Camp’ to embark on their toughest challenge yet as they aim to get into their favourite black dress in time for Christmas. They will explain why diets and other slimming methods have not worked for them and receive tailor made regimes to achieve their goals ahead of the festive season.

Sharon Osbourne is set to make a return to The X Factor as she helps Louis Walsh choose his final acts at the Judges Houses part of the competition.

Osbourne left the show two years ago over a rift with the then new judge Dannii Minogue and a source says of her return, “Sharon knows she’s only back for one episode and is determined to stir things up and make mischief.  Louis is absolutely delighted she is coming back. He has dearly missed having her around.”

Louis and Sharon will start filming their episode later this week in Shannon, Ireland, after the judges have been given their new singing category for this year. 

Surely Cheryl’s got to have the groups this year?

In other X Factor news, Simon Cowell has had to axe Shirlena Johnson from the show due to underlying mental health problems.  Cowell said it was a “heartbreaking decision” to axe the single mother of one from the competition.

Shirlena was tipped to be this year’s Jedward and her performance at Bootcamp was even more bonkers than her audition of Duffy’s Mercy, seen last Saturday in the main show.

A spokesperson for The X Factor said,”The welfare of contestants is of paramount importance and it has been agreed Shirlena Johnson should not continue.”

The One Show performing well

The new-look One Show has continued to perform well on BBC One with an audience of 4.29 million on Monday night. The magazine programme, hosted by Alex Jones and Jason Manford is only down a meagre 250k week-on-week.

Doctor Who video games launched

A Doctor Who video game is set to be launched on Nintendo DS called Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth and Wii called Doctor Who: Return To Earth. The games are aimed to be family focussed and centre around the Daleks and the Cybermen.

Spielberg planning comic book series

Steven Spielberg is to team up with Star Trek producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to develop a TV series around the comic book Locke and Key. The story centres around the Locke children as they attempt to recover from the murder of their father.

Hurt Locker TV series on the way

American network G4 is developing a new reality show inspired by the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker. The ten-episode series entitled Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan will follow a US Navy unit as they go about their lives in the war zone.


Josie has been crowned the winner of this season of Big Brother.

The West country native edged out fellow housemates David and Mario for the title, taking a huge 77.5 per cent of the public vote.

Mario claimed third prize with David coming in runner-up in Big Brother’s 11th season.

Chatting to Davina following the win, Josie explained what she would do with the £100,000 in prize money: “My charity’s Kick. I’d already said I’d give 20 grand to them and if the government haven’t pulled their fingers out of their arse I’ll buy [war veteran housemate] Steve new legs.”

Asked whether she would like to re-enter the house as part of the Ultimate Big Brother, she said yes and promptly headed back indoors.

Source: What’s On TV

Has Jonathan Ross landed a right royal guest for his new chat show on ITV?

Rumour has it that Prince Harry has been lined up for the premiere show of Ross’ new chat show. 

Ross has apparently been warned against using his usual inappropriate language which includes swearing and using innuendo on the show as well as being banned from asking about the Prince’s relationship with Chelsy Davy.

A source says, “Clearly Jonathan is very excited about this.  He knows what’s at stake here. The first show is going to be very special.”

The show is rumoured to be a special feature with the Prince as the only guest and the deal is expected to be signed in a few weeks.

Prince Harry has DJ Goldie’s new show to talk about where the ffinal group will sing in front of guests at Buckingham Palace.

Ex-Coronation Street actor Adam Rickitt appears to be back into the swing of things in the UK as he attempts to revive his musical career.

The 32-year-old, who recently exited kiwi soap Shortland Street to take another stab at singing, performed in London’s G-A-Y club over the weekend to an adoring crowd of hundreds.

Rickitt, whose 2000 single I Breathe Again launched him as a gay icon, performed both old and new tracks on stage before ending the gig in only a pair of jocks.

Check out the pics here.

Catch Rickitt in Shortland Street weeknights on Living.

Source: Daily Mail

Producers behind The X Factor have justified the use of auto-tuners on the reality talent show.

The X Factor has confirmed that auto-tuners are used during some contestant’s performances but they claim that they are need due to the number of microphones used during filming.

Fans have showed their disapproval of the use but ITV have been quick to point out that some post-production work is required and it does not affect the result of the show.

“The judges make their decisions at the auditions stage based on what they hear on the day, live in the arena,” An X Factor spokesman said.

“The footage and sound is then edited and dubbed into a finished programme, to deliver the most entertaining experience possible for viewers.

“When it gets to the live shows, it will be all live.”

Source: What’s On TV

Jennifer Aniston has been confirmed to visit Cougar Town in the show’s second season.

The actress will reunite with fellow Friends star Courtney Cox on the comedy series, with a guest role planned for at least one episode.

Aniston will play Jules’ (Cox) psychiatrist Bonnie on the show, a similar guest role to which Friends actress Lisa Kudrow took on in season one, where she played a Jules’ dermatologist.

“[She’s] kind of a get-too-involved-in-her-life-type of therapist,” said series creator Bill Lawrence. “Those guys are so close in real life they kind of do that for each other anyway. Bonnie has the life Jules wishes she has.”

Aniston has signed on for one episode, but Lawrence says the role could be expanded.

“We’re very intentionally implying that it’s a therapist Courteney has been using for a while, and we’re certainly not going to make it like they’ll never see each other again,” he said. “So I’m crossing my fingers that if she has a good time it’ll happen again.”

This will mark the first time the pair have worked together since Cox’s last TV project Dirt.

Source: TV Squad

BBC Three’s recent Adult Season has proved a huge hit with 16–34 year olds with more watching the season and the channel than ever before.

BBC Three continues to be the most watched digital channel for 16-34 year olds for the hours it broadcasts – and has grown its share of young audiences by 58% since Danny Cohen began as Controller just over three years ago.

The Adult Season has just ended and ran over four weeks with a range of documentaries and entertainment shows looking at what it is like to be a young adult in Britain today. Online, BBC Three hosted a debate where young people shared their personal experiences of what it means to become an “adult”.

Danny Cohen said: “The record-breaking audience response to the Adult Season is testament to the quality of the programmes being made for BBC Three by a wonderful range of producers and directors. Their programmes have really connected with young audiences – as we’ve also been able to see from the fantastic online response to the Season.”

Headlines include:

The Adult Season gave the channel four of its five best weeks ever in terms of share amongst 16-34 year olds, peaking with a 6% share in the week of the 26 July – the channel’s best weekly share ever

The season so far has reached 17million individuals, 39% of all 16-34 year olds

Episode One of Underage And Pregnant, which follows a mix of young mums, and some dads, with varied backgrounds as they come to terms with pregnancy, birth, and their new lives with a baby, was the best performing originated programme ever in a pre-watershed slot on BBC Three, with an audience of 1million (9.6% share in the target audience)

Small Teen, Big World is the most watched documentary ever on BBC Three with an audience of 1.2million for its first transmission. The show followed the lives of Jazz, a teenager with an undiagnosed form of dwarfism and her mum, Bev, who has the same condition. The debate and impact of the film was immediate: on the night of transmission there were over 60 pages of comments about the film on Twitter. During the broadcast, Jazz received 600 friend requests on Facebook and by the next day it had risen to 1400. A viewer she has never met set up a Facebook fan-club about her which now has over 500 members

All Adult Season programmes were strong on the BBC iPlayer – this was led by Glamour Models: Mum And Me with 478,000 requests.

F3 racing driver Ben Collins has been linked to being Top Gear’s mysterious driver, The Stig.

Documents from his own company have surfaced to show that he signed up with the BBC show just as the white suited Stig appeared on our screens back in 2003.

The accounts filed at the end of that year revealed that the company had achieved a “cornerstone year” and “in addition, driving services were also provided for the BBC, mainly in the Top Gear Programme.”

 Bristol-based Collins, 35, is currently locked in a legal battle with the show over his proposed tell all book which will blow his cover.  His predecessor; the black suited Stig, former Formula One star Perry McCarthy, was released from his contract at the BBC after his identity was revealed.  Could we be watching a new colour clad Stig soon?

Collins is reported to earn up to £10,000 per show. and has also appeared as a stunt double for 007 Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace.

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